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Columns

  • Trunk Flare Should be Evident at Planting

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Hands down, this is the best time of the year for me. The weather has a subtlety about it, with extremes thrown in here and there as a reminder that Mother Nature will do as she pleases.  I am tired from the summer but reinvigorated when the light changes and the blue sky becomes clearer. I can think about gardening again with a smile on my face. 

  • Honoring those we loved

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I once heard an interesting story about how one local church pastor, on the occasion of All Souls Day Nov. 2, invited parishioners to gather in the church cemetery for a blessing of graves.

    Each person was asked to stand by a grave and a few minutes later, with people standing by the graves of relatives, friends and perhaps complete strangers, parishioners remembered the dead.

  • Applying for financial aid easier now

    Lloyd Arnold

    State Representative

     

    Indiana is home to some of the best colleges and universities in the country. The financial burden of paying for a degree, however, oftentimes puts families in a tough place. Fortunately, there are various forms of financial aid to help offset costs.

  • Weekend delivers fine time to explore Perry County

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

     

    Personally, I love traveling this time of the year. I’m too  busy to travel very far. Give me a trip to Rome and Magnet any day. I made an evening trip Tuesday evening, stopping first at the Shuabel Little Pioneer Village near Rocky Point.

    The village open house is this weekend and it includes the 2 p.m. Saturday dedication of the Millstone School. See Page 1B for the details. It should be a great event.

  • Retaining our best teachers

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    District 74

     

    Working to keep high-quality teachers in Indiana is something folks on both sides of the aisle can agree on. Our schools depend on Indiana’s colleges and universities to maintain a pipeline of outstanding teachers.

    Earlier this year the Indiana House of Representatives passed legislation, which received nearly unanimous bipartisan support, that created a program to keep more teaching graduates right here in the Hoosier State.

  • Why the Electoral College?

    Randall T. Shepard

    Guest Columnist

     

    Editor’s note: A Democracy’s Primer is a collaboration between the journalism and legal communities to aid the public’s understanding of how government works with citizen engagement. Volunteers for the Indiana Bar Foundation (Bar Foundation) will write the articles for distribution by the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation. More about the both organizations may be found at www.inbf.org/ and www.hspafoundation.org/.

     

  • New Boston bachelors

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    My apologies to Garrison Keillor of “Prairie Home Companion” fame, who has commented for decades on the ups and downs of Norwegian bachelor farmers. This column is about New Boston bachelor farmers, who no doubt have much in common with their upper Plains brethren. The New Boston chapter is a semi-happy band of brothers of whom I’m proud to count myself a member.

  • USS Indianapolis had key role before tragedy

    Andrea Neal

    Guest Columnist

     

    The city of Indianapolis will be forever linked to one of the worst naval disasters in history: the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in World War II.   

    This was the 10,000-ton cruiser that delivered secret components for the atomic bomb to be used against Japan, only to be sunk by Japanese torpedoes on the return trip. More than 870 men died in shark-filled waters, and the ship’s captain, Charles McVay, was unjustly court martialed, his name cleared long after he took his own life.

  • Propagating trees from seeds can be a challenge

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Some plants are prolific; some are not. Dandelion seed floats through the air and disperses far and wide in spring or summer; hundreds of tiny seeds burst from the spent blooms of cleome as a sphinx moth feeds at dusk.

    Woody plants can be a bit more elusive. I have never seen a Serbian spruce spring forth from a fallen cone nor an apple tree emerge from rotten fruit beneath its canopy. Starting woody plants from seed can be tricky.            

  • Calling all fourth-graders

    State Rep. Lloyd Arnold

    Guest Columnist

     

    Throughout this bicentennial year, we are celebrating Indiana’s rich history through events, festivals and a statewide torch relay. Hoosiers of all ages have helped commemorate our state’s 200th birthday.

    Another way our young ones can get involved this historic year is by taking part in the Statehood Day essay contest.